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Softball Sets for Three Straight Games in Three Straight Days

March 12, 2007

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This Week in Softball: The Gaels will continue their longest home stand in program history this week. The Gaels have completed the first seven of 16 home games with a 4-3 record. This week they will play five games. They will face off against Eastern Illinois, Georgia Southern and Purdue in back-to-back-to-back days. This three day set begins Tuesday and ends Thursday. Saint Mary's will then host Northern Colorado in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Week in Review: The Gaels got the week started by splitting a doubleheader with UC Davis. They then hosted the Saint Mary's Invitational. The Invitational featured many exciting games for the Gaels as they finished runner-up to Utah Valley State. Megan Galloway and Katherine Delpit homered in the Gaels first game of the invite en route to their 5-1 victory over Idaho State. The Gaels then won a close game against Stony Brook. Right handed pitcher Chelsea Lofits protected the Gaels 2-1 lead for six innings after all three of the games runs had been scored in the first inning. The Gaels then dropped a game to the invitational winners, Utah Valley State, in a 9-2 game that was closer that the final score indicated. In the final day of competition the Gaels played Stony Brook and fell behind by as much as six runs. Saint Mary's clawed their way back into the game and went on to tie it up in the sixth inning on a three run homerun by sophomore Lauren Clark. Clark came up again in the seventh with Sandra Ruezga on second base and a chance to win the game for the Gaels. Clark did just that, singling in Ruezga and giving the Gaels a chance to play in the invitational's championship game. The Gaels dropped a 3-2 thriller in the championship game Utah Valley State. The Gaels finished the week with a 4-3 overall record.

Scouting the Panthers: The Eastern Illinois Panthers will enter the week with a 7-10 overall record. They are coming off of a 1-4 weekend at the National Softball Invitational. They are led by junior Robin Mackie and freshman Lauren Brackett. Mackie leads the team with a .378 average while Brackett boasts an average of .356 with 16 hits and only four strike outs. Brackett has scored nine runs on the season.

Scouting the Eagles: The Georgia Southern Eagles will enter the week with a 10-12 overall record. They recently competed in the Buzz Classic. Redshirt Freshman Lindsay Hopkins was named to the All-Buzz Team after hitting .400 during the weekend tournament. Logan Free and Melissa Laliberte both sport sub 3.00 ERAs.

Scouting the Boilermakers: The Purdue Boilermakers will enter the week with a 6-18 overall record and a 0-5 road record. The Boilermakes have dropped four straight games and eight of their last 10. Junior Ashley Hall and sophomore Katie Mitchell have combined to score 31 runs and 27 RBI.

Scouting the Bears: The Northern Colorado Bears enter the week with a 3-21 record. Freshman Laura Christenson leads the team with a .315 average and eight RBI. Four different players have hit a homerun for the Bears.

Megan at the Bat: Junior Megan Galloway has proven to be quite the clean-up hitter. This past week she batted .368, hitting two homeruns, scoring four times and driving in six. On the week she slugged a team leading .737. Galloway has improved her season average to .317 while slugging .633. She is tied for the lead in homeruns with four. She is currently second on the team with nine runs and 13 RBI.

Megan Galloway led the team with a .737 slugging percentage this weekend.

Heating up in the Circle: Junior right hander Chelsea Loftis had a good week of pitching. Loftis threw 20.0 innings and only allowed four earned runs. Coming into the week Loftis had an ERA of 4.20. After last weeks performances she has lowered her ERA to 2.60. Her 2.60 ERA leads the team.

All-Tournament Team: Molly Bergeson, Megan Galloway, and Chelsea Loftis were named to the All-Saint Mary's Invitational team for their efforts in this weekend's affair. Bergeson batted .467 during the tournament. She led the team with seven hits and three runs. She reached base in six straight plate appearances at point in the weekend. Galloway batted .333 and added five hits and a team leading three runs and five RBI. Galloway hit two homeruns on weekend. Loftis batted .333 with six hits. She led the team with three doubles and added three RBI and two runs.

Home Cookin': The Gaels are in the middle of their longest home stand in program history. The Gaels, who have twice before played 13 straight games at home in 1997 and 2004, are currently 4-3 during this stretch and will play in five games this week. The Gaels will finish the home stand next week with two doubleheaders.

Third Year Head Coach Jessica Hanaseth: Jessica Hanaseth enters her third season as the head coach for the Saint Mary's softball team. Hanaseth took over the position two years ago after being a part of the program as a coach and player for eight seasons. As head coach of the Gaels she will work with all aspects of the game. Hanaseth works with infielders, outfielders and hitters as well as recruiting and community service. Hanaseth, a 2001 graduate of SMC with a degree in Health Physical Education and Recreation with a teaching emphasis, finished her playing career second in RBI (84), third in doubles (19), and eighth with a .284 career batting average.

Up Next for the Gaels: Saint Mary's will finish its 16 game home stand next week playing in doubleheaders against New Mexico State and Pacific. The Gaels will then play their first road game in 20 days when it faces Cal Poly in a weekend doubleheader on March 24.